north branch special services

a comprehensive continuum of supports for all students

Our school community is dedicated to empowering students to accomplish their aspirations in a safe environment, through excellence in teaching and comprehensive learning opportunities. We believe that:

  • All children can learn and achieve high standards as a result of effective teaching.
  • Intervening at the earliest indication of need is necessary for student success.
  • A comprehensive system of tiered interventions is essential for addressing the full range of student needs.

frequently asked question:

"I'm here because I'm concerned about my child's performance in school. Where do I go from here?"

North Branch Area Public Schools is committed to maintaining an effective continuum of supports that addresses the needs of all of our students. That continuum includes high-quality instruction, targeted interventions, Section 504 plans, and special education services. This website is a great resource for learning more about this continuum of supports in your child's school, and we encourage you to access all that it has to offer.

Part of that continuum of supports is a universal screening process intended to identify struggling learners. This process is important because it allows our committed educators to intervene early. Because of this established process, if you are concerned about your child's performance in school, there is a high likelihood that a team of educators at their school is already providing additional support to that student. Maintaining a strong communication loop with that team is very important, and this website can help you to identify who the best individual(s) to contact is.


Wherever your child is currently positioned on NBAPS's continuum of supports, your voice and support are vital to their success in school. Targeted interventions, Section 504 plans, and special education services are important, but research indicates that they are far more likely to positively affect a student's educational progress if an active parent and teacher team is involved. Often the best first step in addressing your concerns is to share those concerns directly with your child's classroom teacher(s).

North Branch Area Public Schools is one of six member districts in the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) cooperative. SCRED also provides services to Chisago Lakes, Rush City, Pine City, Hinckley-Finlayson, and East Central. In addition to managing special education services for member districts, SCRED provides guidance and support for implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.

The St. Croix River Education District hires and supervises the following positions on behalf of NBAPS:

  • School Nurses
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Service Coordinators (Early Childhood, Math, Language, Social Behavior, and Low-Incidence)

special services supervisor: Jennifer Eldred

Jennifer has served in this capacity since 2017 and is responsible for oversight of special education and related services for the district. Prior to this role, Jennifer served as the School Psychologist at Sunrise River Elementary School in North Branch for three years.

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